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AAFP Fountain

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Location:  American Academy of Family Physicians, 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Leawood, KS

Found:  May 22, 2016

This fountain is a traffic circle in front of the AAFP building on Tomahawk Creek Parkway.  There is a bubbler in the top basin.  Water flows out over textured scuppers around the edge of the top basin down into the lower basin.  There are two sets of four jets on the outside of the lower basin that shoot water back into the top basin.

There is a brick pathway around the fountain that comes out in front of the building entrance.  At the beginning of the brick path is a dedicatory plaque honoring the founding executive director of AAFP.  There is one bench next to the fountain but it sits very low to the ground.  Kids might not have a problem with but adults may have a problem sitting down on it and then getting back up.

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Ranch Mart Wall Fountain

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Location:  Ranch Mart Shopping Center, 3705 W 95th Street, Leawood, KS

Found:  May 12, 2016

This wall fountain can be found on the main Ranch Mart building between Ranchview Floral & Interior and CVS.  It is a highly-detailed lion’s head which would normally have water coming out of the mouth into the small basin beneath it which would then overflow into the basin on the ground.  However, this fountain was not running and it all looked dry so I do not know when it was last in operation or if it even operates at all.

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Ranch Mart Fountain

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Location:  Ranch Mart Shopping Center, 3705 W 95th Street, Leawood, KS

Found:  May 12, 2016

The fountain for the Ranch Mart is on the southeast corner of the intersection of 95th Street and Mission Road.   The shopping center is behind the fountain and it includes, among other things, a True Value and a movie theatre.

There are four bubblers in the top of the fountain and the water flows down into the lower basin.  Lots of flowers and plants and, of course, the native utility marker flags.

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Swanson Center Fountain

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Location:  Swanson Center, 11413 Ash Street, Leawood, KS

Found:  June 15, 2014

I was going through my photos and surveys for public art installations and I came across this fountain that I had forgotten about.  This will explain why the Found date is 2014 and the publish date and picture watermark is 2016.

This fountain is near the front entrance of the Swanson Center for Cosmetic & Laser Surgery.  The Swanson Center is just off Town Center Drive in Leawood and is the first side street east of Nall Avenue.

It is a round basin about 10 feet in diameter with a fountain ring inside of it.  The bronze sculpture entitled “Flight” by Kirsten Kokkin sits on top of a small concrete pedestal in the middle of the basin.

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Hallbrook Fountain

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Location:  W 118th Street and Brookwood Avenue, Leawood, KS

Found:  April 22, 2016

In the collection of subdivisions surrounding the Hallbrook Country Club is this fountain.  It is in a traffic circle about a block north of West 119th Street and is a few blocks east of the One Nineteen shopping center.

It is a pretty sizable fountain with a stone-rimmed basin, jets in the middle and around the outside.  There are four benches sitting around it, spaced out 90 degrees apart from each other.

When I was out there, there were a couple of ducks checking out the fountain.  It looked like they wanted to go for a swim but weren’t too sure about the fountain parts.  I tried to stay away from them and let them be.  I got a little too close and they started to walk away but hopped back up on the ledge after I backed off.  They were still there when I left.

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One Nineteen Fountains

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Location:  One Nineteen Shopping Center, W 119th Street and Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS

Found:  April 22, 2016

The One Nineteen Shopping Center is catty-corner to the southeast from the Leawood Town Center Plaza.  There are actually three fountains here.  There is a horseshoe-shaped fountain towards the east end in front of the Drunken Fish restaurant then there are two fountains, identical but mirror images of each other, located more in the middle of the shopping center near the Apple Store.

The horseshoe-shaped fountain has nine jets in it and they look like they are meant to all shoot water up to the same height, although one or two were clearly not getting the full height.  The Drunken Fish has outdoor seating in front of the restaurant near this fountain and I was not able to get a straight-on shot from “inside” the horseshoe.

The double fountain has three jets in each pool.

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Hills of Ironhorse Waterfall

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Location:  Hills of Ironhorse Subdivision, Mission Road and West 153rd Street, Leawood, KS

Found:  July 20, 2014

At the entrance of the Hills of Ironhorse subdivision is this waterfall.  The waterfall is flanked on each side by a horse sculpture.  Judging by the number of lights, it gets lit up pretty well at night.

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Nall Valley Shops Fountain

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Location:  Nall Valley Shops, Nall Avenue and West 151st Street, Leawood, KS

Found:  June 29, 2014

In the Nall Valley Shops shopping area, next to A Wine Flights Bar & Bistro, is this fountain.  Similar to the Leawood City Hall fountain, it has a rock formation in the middle with the water coming up and out of the top of the rocks.

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Park Place Fountain

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Location:  Park Place, 11551 Ash Street, Leawood, KS

Found:  June 21, 2014

This fountain is in the middle of Park Place in Leawood.  It is an area of shops, restaurants, office space and, eventually, residential spaces, which are currently under construction.  It is in front of Barkley Square, which during the winter the turf is removed and it becomes an ice rink.

One of the more unique fountains I have seen as it consists of tall metal planters.  Some of the planters are actually planters as there is a number of plants within and around the fountain.  The remaining planters have fountains with different kinds of nozzles on them to create different water effects from planter to planter.

It was a hot, muggy first day of summer when I shot the pictures.  There were a couple of kids playing in the fountain to keep cool.

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Lions Club Fountain

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Location:  Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Boulevard, Leawood, KS

Found:  June 18, 2014

This small fountain is tucked inside these large evergreen trees behind the aquatic center in Leawood City Park.  If the flagpole wasn’t there, you would probably not even realize that there was something located in those trees.

The fountain itself consists of a single lion’s head from which water spurts out into the pool below.  The fountain is dedicated to past, present and future members of the Leawood chapter of the Lions Club.  The flagpole is located behind the fountain and predates it actually.  There is a dedication plaque at its foot.

The Leawood City Park Fountain is south of here.

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